Hot Springs bath tub thief gets a year in federal lockup | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hot Springs bath tub thief gets a year in federal lockup

Posted By on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

From Hot Springs National Park comes news of a year-long investigation that led to a conviction and one-year sentence of a man who stole five stainless steel bathtubs from Hot Springs bathhouses to sell as scrap.

The National Park Service reported that Paul Watt, 26, pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay $3,500 restitution in addition to serving 12 months. The tubs were taken in a break-in May 1, 2012 at a maintenance facility. Park rangers recovered the stolen tubs, which had been sold for $700 to a local scrap yard. The tubs had been damaged with a torch and broken down.

After a year of investigation, which included reviews of bank records, video surveillance and witness testimony, Ranger Zach Summerlin took the case to the U.S. attorney. It included evidence that Watt had tried to repay the scrap yard for its loss to cover up the theft and that he'd conspired with a 16-year-old to falsely implicate someone else.

The tubs, because of their "unique historic nature," had a replacement value of $15,000, the Park Service said. It wasn't the first tub caper in the Spa. Two men were convicted in 2011 in the theft of three tubs. 

Tags: ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.
    • Feb 4, 2017
  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: The Thanksgiving eve open line

    • Trumps first visit to Moscow was 1977, received the royal treatment and slept In Lenins…

    • on November 22, 2017
  • Re: The Thanksgiving eve open line

    • If the U OF A has a search committee let them multitask and replace Long,…

    • on November 22, 2017
  • Re: The Thanksgiving eve open line

    • The race track, the dog track, and Dave and Busters are state generated monopoly businesses,…

    • on November 22, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation